Spooky Reads for Hallows' Eve

Anyone out there a fan of all things creepy and terrifying? I am! With Halloween just a few days away what better way to get in the spirit then by listing some of my favorite books that have me wary of every bump in the night, checking every closet, and leaving the lights on. So without further ado let’s get our creep on, shall we?


Darkhouse by Karina Halle

Series: Experiment in Terror #1

Published by: Independently Published

Published on May 1st, 2011

Pages: 346

Format: eBook

Genre: Horror

There’s always been something a bit off about Perry Palomino. Though she’s been dealing with a quarter-life crisis and post-college syndrome like any other twentysomething, she’s still not what you would call “ordinary.” For one thing, there’s her past which she likes to pretend never happened, and then there’s the fact that she sees ghosts. Luckily for her, that all comes in handy when she stumbles across Dex Foray, an eccentric producer for an upcoming webcast on ghost hunters. Even though the show’s budget is non-existent and Dex himself is a maddening enigma, Perry is instantly drawn into a world that both threatens her life and seduces her with a sense of importance. Her uncle’s haunted lighthouse provides the perfect catalyst and backdrop for a horrific mystery that unravels the threads of Perry’s fragile sanity and causes her to fall for a man, who, like the most dangerous of ghosts, may not be all that he seems. Darkhouse was my first foray (giggity-giggity) into the Horror genre and it left a lasting impression! The whole EIT series is not only super creep-tastic but it features one of the most epic romances EVER. I recommend this to anyone that is a fan of those paranormal ghost shows (there is lots of ghost/demon/other evil hunting in this series) or for those looking to dip their toe in the horror genre.

I Hunt Killers

I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

Series: Jasper Dent #1

Published by: Little, Brown and Company

Published on April 3rd, 2012

Pages: 381

Format: eBook

Genres: Thriller, Young Adult

What if the world's worst serial killer...was your dad? Jasper "Jazz" Dent is a likable teenager. A charmer, one might say. But he's also the son of the world's most infamous serial killer, and for Dear Old Dad, Take Your Son to Work Day was year-round. Jazz has witnessed crime scenes the way cops wish they could—from the criminal's point of view. And now bodies are piling up in Lobo's Nod.

In an effort to clear his name, Jazz joins the police in a hunt for a new serial killer. But Jazz has a secret—could he be more like his father than anyone knows? I Hunt Killers is the first book in the Jasper Dent series and it is one of the fascinatingly bizarre and disturbing books I’ve read. The series centers around Jazz, a seemingly normal guy that was basically groomed to follow in his serial killer father’s footsteps. Jazz knows how a serial killer’s mind works because he basically has one. Super creepy, very unsettling, all in all a really good time!

Donners of the Dead

Donners of the Dead by Karina Halle

Published by: Independently Published

Published on February 22nd, 2014

Pages: 286

Format: eARC

Genres: Horror, Paranormal

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

A note about this book: Donners of the Dead is set in 1851 – couples were often thrust into marriage together with short courtships, racism was widespread and not overly frowned upon, and women had little to no rights. What wouldn't fly in today's day and age was unfortunately the norm back then - it is worth keeping that in mind when reading this book. Jake McGraw was unlike anyone I’d ever known. He was brash, rude, unapologetic and arrogant; chauvinistic, close-minded, and terribly stubborn. He was built like a tree, tall with a hard chest and wide shoulders and hands that looked like they could wrestle a bear. He was a cigar-chomping, scruffy-faced, beast of a man. I was pretty sure I hated him. And I know he hated me. But among the flesh-eating monsters in these snow-capped mountains, he was the only thing keeping me alive The year is 1851 and pioneers in search of California gold are still afraid to travel on the same route as the tragic Donner party did years before. When the last wagon train to go into the Sierra Nevada mountains fails to arrive at their destination, Eve Smith, an 18-year old half-native girl with immense tracking skills is brought along with the search party, headed by an enigmatic former Texas Ranger, Jake McGraw. What they find deep in the dangerous snow-covered terrain is a terrifying consequence of cannibalism, giving new meaning to the term “monster.” While the search party is slowly picked off, one by one, Eve must learn to trust Jake, who harbors more than a few secrets of his own, in order to survive and prevent the monstrosities from reaching civilization. ***This is NOT New Adult*** Not only is Donners of the Dead FREE on Amazon as of this current post, but it’s an eclectic mix of zombies, cannibals, western, historical and romance. Karina Halle never fails in delivering up creepy and original stories. This is her second appearance on this list but not her last…

You: A Novel

You: A Novel by Caroline Kepnes

Published by: Atria/Emily Bestler Books

Published on September 30th, 2014

Pages: 432

Format: eARC

Genres: Thriller

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Love hurts...When aspiring writer Guinevere Beck strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe works, he’s instantly smitten. Beck is everything Joe has ever wanted: She’s gorgeous, tough, razor-smart, and as sexy as his wildest dreams. Beck doesn’t know it yet, but she’s perfect for him, and soon she can’t resist her feelings for a guy who seems custom made for her. But there’s more to Joe than Beck realizes, and much more to Beck than her oh-so-perfect façade. Their mutual obsession quickly spirals into a whirlwind of deadly consequences . . . A chilling account of unrelenting passion, Caroline Kepnes’s You is a perversely romantic thriller that’s more dangerously clever than any you’ve read before. Warning: This book will make you want to delete every Facebook post, Tweet, Match.com profile, and email you send. You is one disturbing and bizarre novel told from the stalker’s perspective. I’m not sure if I’m more creeped out by the story or the fact that by the end of it I was ok with Joe and is irrational logic. They say romance is dead!

The Devli's Metal

The Devil's Metal by Karina Halle

Series: Devil's #1

Published by: Independently Published

Published on December 10th, 2013

Pages: 312

Format: eBook

Genre: Horror

It’s the summer of 1974 and 21-year old Dawn Emerson has only three things she wants to do: compete one last time in the Ellensburg Rodeo, win back her ex-boyfriend Ryan, and become the best damn music journalist at Central Washington University. But all her plans are left in the dust when she’s contacted by Creem magazine to go on the road with one of her favorite groups, the up-and-coming metal band, Hybrid. At first the assignment reads like a dream come true. Not only will Dawn land some much-needed credibility as a female music journalist, but she’ll finally get to experience life from the other side of the stage, and maybe crack the drunken, enigmatic code that is guitarist Sage Knightly. Instead, Dawn finds herself on an aging tour bus filled with ego-maniacs, band politics and a whole lot of sex, drugs and rock n’ roll. When monsters start showing up in dressing rooms and some of Sage’s groupies become increasingly strange and dangerous, Dawn discovers the band is not only going places – they’re going straight to Hell. And Dawn has a backstage pass. Karina Halle’s The Devil’s Metal rounds out my list of creep-tastic reads. Trust me when I say that Karina has a dark and scary mind and doesn’t hold back when it comes to finding new and frightening ways to spook her readers. Because of the pure evil found in this story I will never be able to listen to No Time by The Guess Who without getting weirded out.

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